International Parental Child Abduction

The Philippines acceded to the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) on March 16, 2016; however, the United States and the Philippines are not yet treaty partners. Until the Philippines and the United States establish a treaty relationship per Article 38 of the Convention, parents whose children have been abducted from the United States to the Philippines or wrongfully retained in the Philippines are unable to invoke the Convention to pursue their children’s return or to seek access to them.

If your child has been abducted from the U.S. to Philippines, speak with a U.S. State Department officer to discuss your case. We know what resources are available in different countries and can answer questions. Click for specific information for Philippines including emergency contact information.